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California National Guard training underway at Camp Roberts

U.S. Army Rangers of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment fire a 120mm mortar during a tactical training exercise at Camp Roberts on Jan. 30, 2014.
U.S. Army Rangers of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment fire a 120mm mortar during a tactical training exercise at Camp Roberts on Jan. 30, 2014. U.S. Army

More than 3,000 California National Guard troops are descending on Camp Roberts north of Paso Robles for two weeks of annual training in combat and disaster response exercises.

“This is arguably our most important training of the year,” Capt. Will Martin, public affairs officer for the California National Guard, wrote in a news release.

That training includes unit and squad-level maneuver drills, medical evacuation and helicopter transport operations and command post exercises to coordinate missions that involve multiple units.

During the two weeks, nearby residents may hear the firing of M1 Abrams tanks, mortar rounds and .50-caliber machine guns.

The exercises fulfill part of guardsmens’ required minimum training of one weekend per month and two weeks each summer.

The training kicked off this week and is scheduled to end June 20.

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